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Homeowner is a Carpenter . . . #109040 11/08/03 12:27 AM
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My company sent me on a service call to reattach an electric meter. They were told by the homeowner that he had installed new siding, and all that needed to be done was to screw the meter back up. Well the guy didn't say that he had installed an addition, and the whole service would have to be relocated. Notice the water in the meter? Makes you want to call it a water/electric combo meter.

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Re: Homeowner is a Carpenter . . . #109041 11/08/03 12:35 AM
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Red Tag this one!!! The water in the meter might provide enough mechanical resistance to slow down the meter disk.

Re: Homeowner is a Carpenter . . . #109042 11/08/03 07:56 AM
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What scares me is the kids bicycle right there. Yikes. This is all too common with siding crews. Scares the hell out of me when I see them removing a hot meter socket with a flat bar. All it takes is a long nail or screw to land the right way in there and kaboom!

Re: Homeowner is a Carpenter . . . #109043 11/08/03 08:57 AM
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Thats a great pic, water in the meter [Linked Image]. The stupidity of people never ceases to amaze me.

Re: Homeowner is a Carpenter . . . #109044 11/08/03 04:52 PM
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The built-in “disk level” checker is great. Let's see those solid-state meter designers top that!

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Re: Homeowner is a Carpenter . . . #109045 11/08/03 10:15 PM
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At what water level would the meter short out?

Re: Homeowner is a Carpenter . . . #109046 11/09/03 06:42 AM
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lovely Richard [Linked Image], gotta vote this one the a 9.5 on the rectal pucker scale, i guess the only way to achieve a full 10 would be to roll up and see the kids using it for monkey bars?? [Linked Image]

Re: Homeowner is a Carpenter . . . #109047 11/09/03 02:32 PM
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Wish I could have said that now I have seen it all .. but I know that would be fiction. Off the top I would have to say that our homeowner must have been into the utility company's service wires somewhere along the line when the addition was created. Do they allow compression fittings on utility portions of the services? I am only familiar with threaded in our area. ERFERTT

Re: Homeowner is a Carpenter . . . #109048 11/09/03 05:00 PM
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codeenforcementguy

Yes compression fittings are allowed by the NEC, although you may have local amendments that say otherwise.

I am surprised not to see the water boiling, as any time I have seen live equipment submerged it was boiling.


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Re: Homeowner is a Carpenter . . . #109049 11/13/03 04:00 PM
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Just a thought...assuming that is rainwater, it would be mineral free (relatively) or "deionized", so might not carry current...wouldn't wanna test that theory, though.

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